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by Emma on January 26, 2010

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Here are some books I have been enjoying lately:

The Family Tree by Carole Cadwalladr is the best non-linear book I have ever read. It was touching and sad and held my interest until the very end. The story centers around a family and throughout the story we learn about three generations of this family and how genetics and the environment have shaped them into who they are. This was the first novel by this author and I will definitely be checking out other books by her.

This novel is by the same author as The Lovely Bones, which I really enjoyed. However this story’s main character/narrator/heroin murders her mother (this is not a spoiler, it happens very early on in the book). It is a difficult job to create a story told by a very unsympathetic narrator. I found myself not caring about her plight because I basically was rooting for her to get caught. It was still an enjoyable read, but not really comparable to The Lovely Bones.

Flush is for young readers, I am reading it because the fifth grader I tutor mentioned that she liked this author so I wanted to check this book out and see if we should read it together next. And it was pretty good, set in the author’s native home of Florida it has a lot of local color and it’s plot is fast paced and engaging. A great read for a fourth/fifth grade audience. Plus, what a cute cover!



dixie January 26, 2010 at 3:33 pm

I’ve been looking for suggestions for my book club’s next book. Maybe I’ll check out The Family Tree.
I’ve always sort of wanted to read the Lovely Bones but I’m such wuss and don’t like reading sad books. Sounds like I should avoid her other books, too. Maybe I’ll have the guts to read them someday.

Bekka January 26, 2010 at 3:37 pm

Just wanted you to know I enjoy seeing your book list! Thanks for sharing.

Kokie January 26, 2010 at 4:51 pm

I love Carl Hiaasen’s books. I think he has three books out now. His books are so cool, they have action, adventure, and are all around adorable!

Krista January 27, 2010 at 3:07 pm

I just picked up The Lovely Bones and can’t wait to start it. :-)
Reading Smilla’s Sense of Snow at the moment. :-)

Awmb January 27, 2010 at 10:11 pm

Thanks for the suggestions! I always have a hard time finding a good book because there are so many out there. I’m currently reading “Wanderlost” by Ben Olson and it’s pretty good.

lala January 28, 2010 at 11:11 am

I absolutely love you blog, I will keep reading :)